Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma's Struggle for Democracy
200 pages, 5 3/20 x 8 1/10
b&w illustrations
Release Date:01 Nov 2011
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Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma's Struggle for Democracy

Edited by Bertil Lintner
Silkworm Books
Burma's pro-democracy movement emerged in 1988 when massive
demonstrations swept across the country. This book gives an account of
the movement, its emergence and growth, and Aung San Suu Kyi's
prominent leadership role since its inception. Woven into this history
is an outline of how Aung San Suu Kyi herself has become a highly
respected pro-democracy icon internationally, while being revered
nationally as the "female Bodhisattva" who will deliver the
Burmese people from the evil of the military regime. Lintner considers
her strengths as well as her weaknesses, tracing her life not only in
Burma, but also in India, the United Kingdom, the United States,
Bhutan, and Japan. She was greatly inspired by her father, Aung San,
Burma's independence hero who was assassinated when Suu Kyi was an
infant, and also by Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King. Lintner
analyzes the staying power of Burma's military regime and
identifies the obstacles to achieving what Aung San Suu Kyi is
striving for: a free and democratic Burma.
Bertil Lintner is a former correspondent with the
Far Eastern Economic Review and is currently Asia
correspondent for the Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet as well
as a contributor to Asia Times Online, Hong Kong, and
Jane's Information Group in the UK. He has written seven
books on Burma, among them Outrage: Burma's Struggle for Democracy
and Burma in Revolt: Opium and Insurgency since 1948. He lives in
Chiang Mai, Thailand.
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